Lent comes around every year, and each time we contemplate what to give up: sweets, alcohol, weekly shopping sprees or our daily Starbucks run. In essence, lent is known as the “grieving season.” It’s a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter/Spring. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. During this time, we are often urged to give up something we adore or give of ourselves in some capacity we aren’t used to.
What if, instead of giving up everyday materialistic favorites, we concentrate on giving up practices that will serve us in a healthier, more godly way? What if we decide to do-away with inner demons that would put us in a better place to serve God, give to each other and accomplish our most prized dreams: the relationships, career moves & personal goals we long for, but fear going after.
I recently read a list of things we should consider giving up for Lent on the Daily World and I could not agree more.
Lent starts tomorrow. What will you vow to work on for the next 40 days?
19 THINGS TO GIVE UP FOR LENT:
- Fear: God is on my side. In Him I am more than a conqueror. (See Romans 98)
- The need to please everyone: I can’t please everyone anyway. There is only one I need to strive to please.
- Envy: I am blessed. My value is not found in my possessions, but in my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
- Impatience: God’s timing is the perfect timing.
- Sense of entitlement: The world does not owe me anything. God does not owe me anything. I live in humility and grace.
- Bitterness and Resentment: The only person I am hurting by holding onto these is myself.
- Blame: I am not going to pass the buck. I will take responsibility for my actions.
- Gossip and Negativity: I will put the best construction on everything when it comes to other people. I will also minimize my contact with people who are negative and toxic and bring other people down.
- Comparison:I have my own unique contribution to make and there is no one else like me.
- Fear of failure: You don’t succeed without experiencing failure. Just make sure you fall forward.
- A spirit of poverty: Believe with God that there is always more than enough and never a lack.
- Feelings of unworthiness: You are fearfully and wonderfully made by your creator. (see Psalm 139)
- Doubt: Believe God has a plan for you that is beyond anything you could imagine. The future is brighter than you could ever realize.
- Self-pity: God comforts us in our sorrow so that we can comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
- Retirement: As long as you are still breathing, you are here for a reason. You have a purpose to influence others for Christ. That does not come to an end until the day we die.
- Excuses: A wise man once said, if you need an excuse, any excuse will do.
- Lack of counsel: Wise decisions are rarely made in a vacuum.
- Pride: Blessed are the humble.
- Worry: God is in control and worrying will not help.